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People are praising Stormzy for his honest apology after homophobic tweets of his surfaced

“The comments I made were unacceptable and disgusting, full stop.”

THIS WEEK, ATTITUDE Magazine in the UK discovered a series of offensive tweets sent by Stormzy back in 2011, 2012 and 2014.

The three tweets unearthed show the rapper using variations of the term “fa**ot”:

christians Source: Twitter via Attitude

Stormzy4 Source: Attitude

Earlier this afternoon, Stormzy addressed the since deleted tweets in a thread - apologising unreservedly for his “very hurtful and discriminative views”

“The comments I made were unacceptable and disgusting, full stop.”

gsap Source: @Stormzy1

gsap2 Source: @Stormzy1

gsap3 Source: @Stormzy1

He wrote about how he has learned what effect that type of language has in the intervening years:

The comments I made were unacceptable and disgusting, full stop. Comments that I regret and to everyone I’ve offended, I am sorry, these are attitudes I’ve left in the past. The homophobic language I used was, embarrassingly, a part of my vocabulary when I was younger and ignorance made me feel comfortable to use them whilst not understanding the hate and the ramifications they carry. That isn’t an excuse, I take responsibility for my mistakes and hope you can understand that my younger self doesn’t reflect who I am today.

People immediately recognised that this wasn’t like a standard celebrity apology

thisishow Source: @fishplums

publicforms Source: @Eden_VB

He understands that the language he used as a teenager was homophobic

The lack of a “I’m sorry if I offended anyone” line was instantly noticeable too

Given the amount of unsatisfactory celebrity apologies that have circulated in recent weeks – including Conor McGregor’s appearance on the Late Late - this was a breath of fresh air

actual Source: @bananaliquor

Stormzy took ownership of his past once he was alerted to it, and, for many, his unequivocal statement shows he really has grown

shouldne Source: @rainbowsrosesbl

thisis Source: @goopery

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